ISO 9001 - Quality Management Standard
ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for the quality management of businesses.
ISO 9001 - What is it?
The benefits of implementing ISO 9001Implementing a Quality Management System will motivate staff by defining their key roles and responsibilities. Gain ISO 9001 certification by completing our Free Quote form. Cost savings can be made through improved efficiency and productivity, as product or service deficiencies will be highlighted. From this, improvements can be developed, resulting in less waste, inappropriate or rejected work and fewer complaints. Customers will notice that orders are met consistently, on time and to the correct specification. This can open up the market place to increased opportunities.
Why seek ISO 9001 certification?
Assessment to ISO 9001
Once all the requirements of ISO 9001 have been met, it is time for an external audit. This should be carried out by a third party, accredited certification body. In the UK, the body should be accredited by UKAS (look for the ‘crown and tick’ logo). The chosen certification body will review the quality manuals and procedures. This process involves looking at the company’s evaluation of quality and ascertains if targets set for the management programme are measurable and achievable. This is followed at a later date by a full on-site audit to ensure that working practices observe the procedures and stated objectives and that appropriate records are kept.
After a successful audit, a certificate of registration to ISO 9001 will be issued. There will then be surveillance visits (usually once or twice a year) to ensure that the system continues to work. This is covered in more detail in ISOQAR’s Audit Procedure information sheet.
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